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My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:17 pm

It was announced in church this morning that Bishop Laurie Haller is appointing me to be the Lead Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Indianola, Iowa effective July 1, 2017. Indianola is the county seat of Warren County and is 15 miles south of Des Moines. It is also the location of UMC related Simpson college. Time to pack!
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby William Thornton » Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:46 pm

How long where you are now?
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Dave Roberts » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:29 pm

I hope this appointment will be a blessing to you and your family and that you will be a blessing to the congregation.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:29 pm

William Thornton wrote:How long where you are now?


Five years in Sioux City.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:30 pm

Dave Roberts wrote:I hope this appointment will be a blessing to you and your family and that you will be a blessing to the congregation.


Thanks Dave!
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Mon May 01, 2017 9:48 am

My wife has learned the ropes of being a Methodist preachers wife. I already see boxes being filled in the dinning room. Methodist clergy are known for hoarding boxes.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby JE Pettibone » Mon May 01, 2017 11:33 am

Timothy Bonney wrote:My wife has learned the ropes of being a Methodist preachers wife. I already see boxes being filled in the dinning room. Methodist clergy are known for hoarding boxes.


Ed: Tim. have you ever considered getting a Motor home, or maybe a Pick up truck & fifth wheel Trailer? :) If we where only moving every few years I might consider the more "home like" fifth wheel.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Sandy » Mon May 01, 2017 12:03 pm

Congratulations! I don't envy you the moving part, but wish you well in your new church position. From what I hear about the terrain in Iowa, you can probably see your new church from where you are. :wink:
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby KeithE » Mon May 01, 2017 2:16 pm

A move every 6 years or so, makes life interesting.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Mon May 01, 2017 5:58 pm

JE Pettibone wrote:
Ed: Tim. have you ever considered getting a Motor home, or maybe a Pick up truck & fifth wheel Trailer? :) If we where only moving every few years I might consider the more "home like" fifth wheel.
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Not a bad idea Ed. :wink: I'm afraid it wouldn't hold all my books though. I packed 7 boxes upstairs in the house. I have a huge number to pack at the office.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Mon May 01, 2017 5:59 pm

Sandy wrote:Congratulations! I don't envy you the moving part, but wish you well in your new church position. From what I hear about the terrain in Iowa, you can probably see your new church from where you are. :wink:


Nah, it isn't that flat. Iowa is largely rolling hills.

But I can see my new church from the new parsonage right across the street. I can walk to the office every morning.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Mon May 01, 2017 5:59 pm

KeithE wrote:A move every 6 years or so, makes life interesting.


It does. And it helps you cull junk.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby JE Pettibone » Tue May 02, 2017 8:25 am

Timothy Bonney wrote:
JE Pettibone wrote:
Ed: Tim. have you ever considered getting a Motor home, or maybe a Pick up truck & fifth wheel Trailer? :) If we where only moving every few years I might consider the more "home like" fifth wheel.
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Not a bad idea Ed. :wink: I'm afraid it wouldn't hold all my books though. I packed 7 boxes upstairs in the house. I have a huge number to pack at the office.


Ed: That w.s the worst part of our down sizing, We donated several boxes of books to Mid America's (Williams Alma Mater) extension in Schenectady And gave away many to folk in ABCNYS who are just now in the ordination process. Yet we have five file boxes full of books which are stored in our 10x12 shed used for storage and office space) on the pennant lot here in Claremont . We will be pulling out today for the first part of our summer trip to California, Portland Or., Seattle (round trip flight to Atlanta) before starting our return to Florida, Indiana and Ohio. Was glad to see fuel prices here drop 12 cents per gallon last week. :) :) :)
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby William Thornton » Tue May 02, 2017 10:39 am

I used to sell a lot of books. Hardly any lately. Not much of a market or too cheap to bother.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Tue May 02, 2017 10:48 am

William Thornton wrote:I used to sell a lot of books. Hardly any lately. Not much of a market or too cheap to bother.


Yes, I'm down to giving away books or, if too old, recycling them. I'm going to cull my library again starting today.

I just taught my last class at Morningside College and informed the school of my move.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Haruo » Tue May 02, 2017 11:27 am

JE Pettibone wrote:We will be pulling out today for the first part of our summer trip to California, Portland Or., Seattle (round trip flight to Atlanta) before starting our return to Florida, Indiana and Ohio. Was glad to see fuel prices here drop 12 cents per gallon last week. :) :) :)

When exactly do you plan to be in Seattle, and do you still want to stay in our driveway?
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Sandy » Tue May 02, 2017 7:43 pm

Best wishes on your move, and on your new ministry. Aside from the benefit of having the parsonage across the street, and having a denominationally related college in town, are you getting a larger congregation?
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Tue May 02, 2017 8:00 pm

Sandy wrote:Best wishes on your move, and on your new ministry. Aside from the benefit of having the parsonage across the street, and having a denominationally related college in town, are you getting a larger congregation?


Yes, First UMC has 1,500 members and average attendance is around 400. There are three services on Sunday morning, two contemporary and one traditional. :)
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby JE Pettibone » Wed May 03, 2017 12:53 am

Haruo wrote:
JE Pettibone wrote:We will be pulling out today for the first part of our summer trip to California, Portland Or., Seattle (round trip flight to Atlanta) before starting our return to Florida, Indiana and Ohio. Was glad to see fuel prices here drop 12 cents per gallon last week. :) :) :

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When exactly do you plan to be in Seattle, and do you still want to stay in our driveway?


Ed" :) Haruo, we are full time RVer's (both retired) Planning when exactly when we will be in a given location is not our idea of "recreation". :lol: As for your drive way, It probably isn't legal to occupy an RV parked in a private driveway in Seattle. To night we are in Lake City Florida at the same RV park where we stayed Oct through February just because we wanted to see some friends we made during that stint. Other wise we would have pulled into the Walmart Parking lot, Just off of I75 for the night.

We would like ro Visit with you and MRS H., plus taking the two of you to eat at some place that is authentically SEATTLE. Since we will probably leave Portland Just after the ABC meeting closes on Monday. But if we can find the church (SBC) in the Southern part of Washington State ,where we worked on ar renovation project back several years ago (1997) we would like stop in and see how they are doing. Perhaps we will have a better idea of what we are goingto do when we see you in Portland.

You might ask around in your circles about a clean, quiet RV park within a reasonable automobile drive of your place. I am really not into the fancy resorts with a long list of amenities, would rater explore the environs than to sit around a swimming pool or play shuffle board all day. What sort of weather might we expect in early July.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Mrs Haruo » Wed May 03, 2017 4:35 am

Ed: We live south of the Seattle city limits by about a mile in an unincorporated pocket of the county so the Seattle Police Dept. has no jurisdiction. King County Sheriff's Dept. does however and I doubt they would care if you parked in our driveway unless a nosy neighbor complained. If you and Trudy are planning to play your car stereo at a level loud enough to shake the dishes on my shelves and throw beer bottles out into the streets till 2 am, I will be banging on your door with a baseball bat before we have a chance to explain anything to the local sheriff. Seriously, we have a lot of bags of juniper brush we cleared off an embankment in front of our house blocking the back of our driveway that we are slowly chopping into smaller pieces to get carried away in the "Food and Yard Waste" bin each week and were wondering if we could get it cleared out by the time you get here. It has been a record breaking rainy winter so I have not been out chopping brush near as often as we were expecting. The most popular "RV park" that I am familiar with is commonly known as the "Wal-mart Parking Lot" or the back of "Fred Meyer" parking lot. We are members of AAA so I will consult with them. Since you are a veteran, the VFW up the street might not object to you parking up there, but there is a rather noisy motorcycle club that meets at the same corner so I can't vouch for it being quiet, especially as there are normally a couple of fireworks stands at the same intersection around the 4th. Fireworks unfortunately are legal here around the 4th and it gets noisy enough that most vets with PTSD leave the area or go to bed under heavy sedation.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby JE Pettibone » Wed May 03, 2017 8:03 am

Ed: Given the drought that Florida has experienced the past year rain sounds great, however wouldn't you know it, yesterday as we where getting ready to leave, we had a series of short downpours. First rain in 31 days. Here in Florida there have been a lot of fires due to the dryness.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Sandy » Wed May 03, 2017 11:13 am

Timothy Bonney wrote:
Sandy wrote:Best wishes on your move, and on your new ministry. Aside from the benefit of having the parsonage across the street, and having a denominationally related college in town, are you getting a larger congregation?


Yes, First UMC has 1,500 members and average attendance is around 400. There are three services on Sunday morning, two contemporary and one traditional. :)


Will you be preaching at all three?
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Wed May 03, 2017 6:06 pm

Sandy wrote:Will you be preaching at all three?


Three out of four Sundays. The Associate Pastor usually preaches all three one Sunday a month, unless he and I come to some other arrangement.

I'm preaching three services now, one on Saturday and two on Sunday (morning and evening). I honestly prefer them closer together. It will be nice not to have a Saturday service to attend.
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Bruce Gourley » Thu May 04, 2017 9:28 am

Congratulations, Timothy. I wish you well in your new appointment. :)
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Re: My next appointment....

Postby Tim Bonney » Thu May 04, 2017 12:30 pm

Bruce Gourley wrote:Congratulations, Timothy. I wish you well in your new appointment. :)


Thanks Bruce!

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